Why do I need to stop eating and drinking before anesthesia?

It is important that you remain NPO. Absolutely no food, drink, gum, or ice chips usually after midnight the day before surgery. This helps prevent you from vomiting while you are under anesthesia. This can be dangerous if it happens during anesthesia.

The More You Know

Local anesthesia

An injection or topical application of medication that causes that part of the body to become insensitive to pain and stimuli.

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